South Bay Lakers’ Season Ends in Conference Finals

By Joey Ramirez | April 5, 2018

Championship aspirations were dashed in Austin on Thursday, as the South Bay Lakers’ season came to an end in the Western Conference Finals.

South Bay had rallied from an unsightly end of the regular season to blow out their first two playoff opponents, Oklahoma City and Reno, both on the road.

But it ended up just short of the final stage.

Gary Payton II was South Bay’s star for the final game, hanging up 28 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.

After starting for the Los Angeles Lakers the night before, Alex Caruso rejoined his G League teammates and scored 18 points off the bench.

The day before, Caruso was named runner-up for G League Defensive Player of the Year, while teammate Demarcus Holland was third.

Thomas Bryant also nearly captured some hardware, placing second in the race for G League Rookie of the Year. Bryant shot a league-high 74.3 percent on two-pointers this season and also showed off some range for a center, averaging 19.7 points and hitting 36.4 percent from deep.

The season featured a call-up for his frontcourt partner, Travis Wear, who averaged 16.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.9 3-pointers, and will finish the season with the NBA Lakers.

Several other South Bay players enjoyed a successful year.

Caruso was among the league’s top 10 in assists and steals, while Payton joined him in the latter category. Fellow point guard Scott Machado handed out the most total assists of any player.

Los Angeles assignment player Ivica Zubac ranked among the top 10 in field goal percentage and blocks, while Andre Ingram shot a league-high 47.5 percent from 3-point range, further cementing his status as the greatest shooter in G League history.

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